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Peoria Mayor Sends Police To Track Down Twitter Parodist

easyTree Re:Isn't parody protected in the US? (168 comments)

Perhaps you should set up an account ironically parodying the parody account?

2 days ago
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Peoria Mayor Sends Police To Track Down Twitter Parodist

easyTree Re:Isn't parody protected in the US? (168 comments)

In Canada you can parody anyone

It's the same in the US*

(*) but in the US someone might (TM) plant drugs in your house at the same time they're invading it whilst investigating your commitment of an act which is their right under the constitution.

2 days ago
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'Google Buses' Are Bad For Cities, Says New York MTA Official

easyTree Re:Corporate Arcologies (606 comments)

In other news, the PR-contact for the North American Bug COalition said that they'd be locating outside the metropolitan area as the air in Chicago isn't conducive to health.

about 2 months ago
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Gut Bacteria Affect the Brain

easyTree Re:TFA not available in UK (162 comments)

Duh! You need to be one of the overseas viewers who don't pay anything at all for the service. Greedy Brit :P

about 2 months ago
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Gut Bacteria Affect the Brain

easyTree Re:Meat Tubes (162 comments)

Nothing, because free will isn't really a meaningful concept. It all falls apart when you try to define it.

When definition proves difficult, often a series of examples allows the definition to be communicated indirectly.

I'll start the ball rolling by responding only with the word 'cheese' as a full explanation of your incorrectness.

about 2 months ago
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Gut Bacteria Affect the Brain

easyTree Re:Morality questions (162 comments)

I guess it's more difficult to profit long-term from rehabilitation.

What kind of business model would it be for those organizations running prisons if they start creating less demand for their services? No, what they need to do it increase demand or at least arrange circumstances such that there's an increasingly slippery slope leading towards uptake of their services.

about 2 months ago
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Gut Bacteria Affect the Brain

easyTree Re:Machines (162 comments)

On behalf of the bacteria, I would object most vehemently at your disparaging comparison.

about 2 months ago
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WhatsApp: 2nd Biggest Tech Acquisition of All Time

easyTree Re:CNN argues it's worth the money (257 comments)

I'll be interested to see if FaceBook can find a way to contractually bind the 450M users into their business model; I'm gonna go with no.

about 2 months ago
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WhatsApp: 2nd Biggest Tech Acquisition of All Time

easyTree Great (257 comments)


for (var i = 0; i < 450000000; i++) {
  whatsApp.Post ("Time to find another app.");
}

about 2 months ago
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Google Tells Glass Users Not To Be 'Creepy Or Rude'

easyTree Hello? (341 comments)

"Don't be creepy or rude"; we'll be monitoring all your email, notes, video and audio to ensure that you're nice :P

about 2 months ago
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Iran's Hacking of US Navy 'Extensive,' Repairs Took $10M and 4 Months

easyTree uhm (147 comments)

10 print $enemy perpetrated $act_of_war against us implying that we should $form_of_retaliation
20 $enemy = rand ($enemies)
30 goto 10

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Most Secure Consumer Router with Default Configuration

easyTree We're looking for a new project (2 comments)

We're looking for a new project

Signed, the NSA.

about 2 months ago
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LA Times: Snowden Had 3 Helpers Inside NSA

easyTree Re:The Saddest Part of the Snowden Revelations (148 comments)

If they did give a fuck, how would it look?

You might not have noticed but we in the free world live in fur-lined cages guarded by retarded jack-booted thugs empowered by their masters. There are few opportunities for change beyond a change of mind; for that, widespread access to accurate information is required; not coincidentally, control of information is the front on which open battle is raging. Once secured, it's game over, people.

about 2 months ago
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LA Times: Snowden Had 3 Helpers Inside NSA

easyTree Re:Exactly (148 comments)

Ask yourself why *they* stopped shooting presidents.

about 2 months ago
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LA Times: Snowden Had 3 Helpers Inside NSA

easyTree Re:The Saddest Part of the Snowden Revelations (148 comments)

I am afraid the watchers will go back to work with a confidence reeking of our tacit permission.

For me, this is the core of the problem; they're not asking for permission and our lack of permission has no teeth or even gums.

about 2 months ago
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LA Times: Snowden Had 3 Helpers Inside NSA

easyTree Re:So, the NSA had good people too? (148 comments)

In most other developed countries this would be considered bribery

I can assure you that it is recognized as bribery and that the world has been looking on in horror as your giant flaming snowball* spins out of control.

(*) I like the smell of a mixed metaphor before breakfast.

about 2 months ago
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LA Times: Snowden Had 3 Helpers Inside NSA

easyTree Re:according to cold fjord (148 comments)

Snowden's actions are aiding the American people and the people of foreign nations; this is why he's being considered for the Nobel Peace Prize.

The cry of "traitor" is and always will be a mere manipulation; an incitement to "do as you are told or face the consequences"; it's "think of the children" on a national scale; a means by which to manipulate anyone who does not wish to be seen to announce themselves as being different; a means by which to trigger the punishment of someone by their brainwashed peers. To be seen to demonstrate one's apart-ness is to single oneself out for special attention.

This simple pattern is used by manipulators unable to defend their position using reason or morality. It's up for question whether it's detestable more because of the low opinion held of the intended targets by those employing the tactic or because it has shown itself to be so effective, time and again throughout history.

about 2 months ago
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LA Times: Snowden Had 3 Helpers Inside NSA

easyTree Re:So, the NSA had good people too? (148 comments)

As to the US, you have more than two choices as to party.

One can only imagine the countrywide-outcry, nay riotous scenario which would develop if there were x, { x : 2 <= x <= 3 } options when choosing beer, football, tv shows - all important choices with longstanding ramifications affecting every aspect of life.

about 2 months ago
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LA Times: Snowden Had 3 Helpers Inside NSA

easyTree Re:according to cold fjord (148 comments)

There don't seem to be many people replicating Kim Philby's actions as Snowden did. That would seem to be suggestive.

Strawman much? Perhaps it suggests that the evil fucks far outweigh those with a conscience and have greater ability to mete-out sanctions which apply on a world-wide scale? Just guessing though.

about 2 months ago

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Why is SlashDot serving 480x400 'ads' claiming 'drivers are out of date' ?

easyTree easyTree writes  |  about two weeks ago

easyTree (1042254) writes "It's not enough that these are blatantly a malware delivery vector but they are HUGE and placed above the site's navigation bar, thus pushing the site itself so far down the page as to be almost off the screen when the site load.

Seriously? This makes the whole beta thing pale into insignificance.

Also, the poor grammar is making my eyes hurt. The least you could do is to take some basic style-tips on use of capitalization within your trojan-delivery ads — it would make them OH so much more appealing.

Thanks."

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Cardiff City Council sets new low

easyTree easyTree writes  |  about 4 years ago

easyTree (1042254) writes "

At little more than the length of a single bicycle, the £2,000 road marking has left cyclists in Cardiff bemused. The feature, thought to be the shortest cycle lane in Britain, has been installed to encourage green transport. Cardiff Council claims that it will help riders safely navigate a turn on a new road layout. But riders in the city say the brevity of the red and white marked stretch of road renders it pointless. Kevin Hughes, 47, a cyclist from the Welsh city, said: "It's just hilarious. I saw it as I was cycling past and couldn't believe my eyes. Obviously nobody could cycle in it because it is so small. You just have time to get in the saddle before getting off again."

"

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a day out with the police

easyTree easyTree writes  |  more than 5 years ago

easyTree (1042254) writes "Today (Well, Monday) I wrote my first blog entry ( http://easytreeblog.blogspot.com/2008/07/day-out-with-police.html ). Or rather it started as almost a personal diary-entry describing my unexpected day out with the police, to be used as a reference point for later.

My question to slashdot is.. What should I do?

On the one hand.. It could have been worse
On the other, why let it happen to someone else?

Could I make a difference by speaking-out? Should I feel obligated to? Am I a whiney little bitch and should learn to love it?
Note: starts slowly..."

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Ordinary people are second-class citizens

easyTree easyTree writes  |  more than 6 years ago

easyTree writes "Most of us might be under the illusion that justice is something which should be accessible to all, equally. Apparently not so:

Det Chief Insp Paul Maghie from Hertfordshire police's Crime Management Department says "The police will never give up efforts to find anybody on the run, but this case was particularly important because it was one of our own officers and we felt justice had not been done."


Just when was it that police officers became more important than the ordinary members of the public that they've sworn to protect? More generally, should we be concerned about our changing relationship with the many organizations originally set-up to grease the wheels of society?"

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